Jury

Giuseppe Oliverio is the Founder and Artistic Director of PhMuseum and PhMuseum Days International Photography Festival. Since 2012, he has led the organization to develop their renewed Grants and Education Programs. He has further conducted workshops in Argentina, Brazil, Italy, and in the Middle East. He has been a juror of awards such as Lucie Photo Book Prize, Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward, Blow Up Press Book Award, LensCulture Critics’ Choice, United Photo Industry The Fence, and Cortona Happiness OnTheMove. He has worked as a portfolio reviewer for Futures Photography, Unseen, Photo Vogue Festival, Fotografia Europea, Verzasca Foto and Visa Pour L’Image. He has written for TIME magazine and L’Uomo Vogue.

Brendan Embser is a senior editor at Aperture, where he has edited books by photographers including Arielle Bobb-Willis, Chloe Dewe Mathews, Ethan James Green, Deana Lawson, Philip Montgomery, Wendy Red Star, Ming Smith, and Zhang Xiao. He was the co-curator of the Aperture Summer Open exhibitions from 2018 to 2020, and he has served on the jury for the Addis Foto Fest, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Changjiang International Photography and Video Art Biennale, Chongqing, China; Sony World Photography Awards; and WMA Masters, Hong Kong; and participated in the Jakarta International Photo Festival; Portfolio Review, Seoul; and Solar Fotofestival, Fortaleza, Brazil. Embser is the curator of the traveling exhibition Tyler Mitchell: Wish This Was Real, and he has contributed essays and interviews to Apartamento, Aperture, Contemporary And, n+1, Objektiv, and The PhotoBook Review.

Karin Laansoo is Executive Director and board member of the Estonian Contemporary Art Development Center (ECADC) and Artistic Director of Kai Art Center. Laansoo has a substantial background in contemporary art leadership roles with 15 years of international experience in curating, programming and fundraising for art institutions and nonprofits, and fostering collaborations, projects, and networks between the private and public sectors in the U.S. and Europe. Recent curatorial projects include Leviathan: the Paljassaare Chapter by Shezad Dawood (2020), Soil will not contain our love by Merike Estna (2022), Cyanoceans by Tuomas A. Laitinen and Kristina Õllek (2024), and As Long As the Blood Beats in Our Fountains by Kris Lemsalu and Kitty Florentine for Performa 2023. From 2006 to 2013 Karin worked in New York City as gallery manager of a nonprofit art gallery and director of an international artist residency. She published an award-winning book 22+ Young Estonian Artists in 2005 and produced Piibe Kolka’s documentary film Look a Little More. Katja Novitskova’s Art in Six Episodes in 2018.

Isabella van Marle is a creative consultant whose work spans curating, photo editing and concept development. She is the co-founder of Pictures for Purpose, a foundation that aims to platform important social issues whilst simultaneously raising funds for charities through the medium of photography. She has worked amongst others for Foam, Louis Vuitton Editions and The Dutch National Opera & Ballet. Previously she was the fair curator of Unseen and has served on the jury of several photography festivals and events.

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